Mogadishu bombings: Man executed on Somalia blast anniversary

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A man convicted of involvement in the deadliest bomb attack in Somalia’s history has been executed on the first anniversary of the blast.

Hassan Adan Isak drove one of the vehicles involved in the attack on the capital, Mogadishu, a court ruled.

Nearly 600 people were killed when a truck filled with explosives was detonated at one of the busiest intersections in the city.

A commemorative ceremony was held at the intersection on Sunday.

It has been renamed 14 October junction in memory of those who died there.

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A truck packed with explosives killed nearly 600 people in Mogadishu on 14 October 2017

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, although correspondents say all indications are that the militant Islamist al-Shabab group was responsible.

Saturday evening saw two suicide bombers kill 20 people in the town of Baidoa, in the south west of the country. Dozens were injured.

Al-Shabab said it had carried out the attack.

Meanwhile, the first commercial flight between the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and Mogadishu in 41 years has taken place.

A plane from private airline Ethiopia National Airways landed at the Somali capital’s Aden Adde airport on Saturday, the first of a planned four flights a week,

It is the latest sign of improving relations between the two neighbouring Horn of Africa countries.

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The flight’s arrival was celebrated by local dignitaries and the airline’s CEO

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Buipewura Launches Anniversary Celebration – Daily Guide Africa

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Buipewura, Mahama Jinapor II

The Buipewura Mahama Jinapor II, who was enskinned in 2008, has launched the 10th anniversary of his ascension to the throne as the Buipewura of Buipe.

The celebrated and respected king of Buipe has been praised by many for his contributions towards the socio-economic development of Buipe and the Gonjaland especially in the areas of education, sanitation and health delivery.

As a strong advocate of education, the Buipewura under his reign has set up the Buipewura Educational Fund with a sum of GH¢50,000 to support needy students in the catchment area of Buipe.

He has also provided accommodation for students of the Buipe Vocational and Technical Senior High School. The school has been battling with accommodation challenges for students in recent times.

Besides, he has built a mini stadium and a recreational centre in the area where sporting and other activities are held.

According to the Buipewura, chiefs in the Northern Region and especially in the Gonjaland should use their influence and clout to promote education and development and build ties that would engender peace and unity among their subjects.

Speaking on the proposed Savannah Region, the Buipewura commended government and said the creation of the new region was a platform for development and stability.

He therefore urged all his qualified subjects, who have attained the age of 18 years to duly register with the electoral commission to participate in the referendum for the creation of the region.

“The electoral commission will open the register to register all qualified voters from Sunday 16th to the 25th of September, 2018, for people who have attained 18 years and above . . . for the creation of the region,” he said.

FROM Eric Kombat, Buipe

 

 

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GMWU Launches 75th Anniversary – Daily Guide Africa

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Prince William Ankrah

THE GHANA Mineworkers Union (GMWU), an umbrella body

of miners in Ghana’s mining industry, has launched the 75th Anniversary of its formation.

Speaking at the launch held in Accra last Friday, General Secretary of GMWU, Prince William Ankrah, said “the commemoration of our 75th Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee), which we are launching today, will be climaxed in August 2019.”

He recounted that on Wednesday, June 7th 1944, a history-making incident took place at Abosso near Tarkwa in the Western Region of the then Gold Coast, when two gallant men namely Brothers S.M. Bissah and C.E. McCarthy of blessed memory rose up against the exploitation of indigenous workers in the mining sector by colonial enterprise owners, which eventually bore the fruit of reality in the formation of the Gold Coast Mineworkers’ Union which is now known as Ghana Mineworkers’ Union – GMWU.

He said their move came about as a result of the refusal of the colonial management to respond to workers’ demands for improved conditions of work.

Two years after its formation, the Gold Coast Mineworkers’ Union, he said, was affiliated to the then Gold Coast Trades Union Congress (i.e. 1946) and eventually joined the Miners’ International Federation in 1952.

According to him, from its humble beginnings, the GMWU’s membership grew in leaps and bounds reaching a peak of around 45,000 in the late 1960s. These were the days of the State Gold Mining Corporation (SGMC) mines and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation (AGC) mines.

However, despite the high economic potential of the mining sector, it was not spared the effects of the serious economic downturn Ghana experienced in the late 1980s and early 1990s, leading to the collapse of a number of the SGMC mines, he added.

The shift in focus on divestitures under the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) in the 1990s, he explained, resulted in the influx of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Multinational Corporations into the mining sector.

“Expectedly, most of these multinational corporations have exhibited corporate greed and a quest for hyper profit mindset without recourse to the ordinary mineworker whose toil and sweat create the wealth in the mining sector,” he stressed.

Despite these challenges, the GMWU with its strong leadership at both national and branch levels has survived to date.

He disclosed that the Union currently represents around 12,000 members drawn from 43 companies (11 operating mines and 32 service companies). The decline in membership is due mainly to employers’ adoption of precarious employment contract arrangements where permanent workers are declared redundant only to be re-engaged as short term fixed contract or causal workers by the same employers.

According to him, looking beyond the 75th Anniversary, the GMWU is standing at the crossroad, going through unprecedented challenges.

He added that, however, we are fully convinced that our fortitude, our joined hands, our unified efforts and our gaze into our common future, coupled with the memory and commitment of the likes of Bissah, McCarthy, Sam, Cleland, Foevie, Quarshie, Mamah, Williams, Cole, Owusu, Bimpong, Gyima, Asamoah-Gyekye and others would serve as an encouragement and motivation to continue the battle. We have survived these 74 years and we will continue to “have a seat at the table and never be on the menu”.

BY Melvin Tarlue

 

 

 

 

 

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